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Episode 166: Amanda

Amanda

Amanda
Age: 31
Location: High Point, North Carolina
Addiction: Alcohol, Heroin
What’s memorable: The strange, slightly creepy, sweet, war-traumatized, outrageously enabling father. The mother’s suicide attempt with Amanda’s sister, the obsessive but kinda of awesome boyfriend who convinced her to go to treatment and then got some for himself, the beautiful and amazing follow up. This was a good one.

Official Synopsis: Thirty-one year-old Amanda has exchanged her dreams of teaching for an alcohol and heroin addiction, while her family erupts in anger over her dad’s chronic enabling
Original Air Date: October 2012
Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Alcohol, Heroin, Jeff, Most Powerful Episodes, Season 12, Traumatic Incident

Discussion

8 Responses to “Episode 166: Amanda”

  1. I too loved this story. Her boyfriend Brian really surprised me convincing her to go and getting himself help. “I kinda want you to do better.” Thats what Brian said to her. I didn’t think their relationship was good until I heard him say that. They both looked a lot happier and better overall when clean! I truly pray for the best for this couple, it will be tough, but I have faith they will help eachother through it all.

    Posted by Sarah Thomas | January 18, 2015, 2:59 pm
    • Amanda is doing great! In fact, better than I ever would have imagined for myself. Sorry to discourage the fans of our show, but the truth is that some of us learn and others don’t. (I’ve been working at the same job for three years and recently have a boyfriend that is the best thing I ever known could exist. I have a protective order,restraining order against my ex. He is he, I am me!!!!)

      Posted by amanda | January 23, 2015, 3:53 pm
      • Hey Amanda!
        Your story touched me in so many ways. The way you reacted to your mother and throughout the intervention was actually how I imagine I might react if there was an intervention staged for me during the two years I was on opiates. I didn’t expect Brian to step up the way he did, and the best part of your episode was seeing how beautiful and healthy you looked at the end. There was a lot of hope and promise from your episode that I’m sure had a positive impact on most of the active users watching.

        Congrats on the long term sobriety and holding down a steady job for three years! That right there shows you’re committed and stable in your recovery process.

        Are you with a new boyfriend now? What happened to Brian? Is he still using? Did you ever reconcile with Crystal and your mother? I hope your mother shows love to you now and treats you with the respect you deserve. I hope your father is doing well too. He was so sweet, and clearly suffering from prolonged PTSD. I liked him when I saw your episode, and I liked you too.

        I have some questions about how your detox was handled. Are you on a maintenance program for opiates? Did you go cold turkey? There are some people who believe that being on methadone or Suboxone is not being clean. I am not one of those people. I took Suboxone and it helped me tremendously. I am so glad to hear that you’re doing well. I would love to tell you just how your story affected me personally and what an inspiration you are. If you have a moment, please reach out to me with a quick email. The90skids@gmail.com … I think you’re such a cool girl and I’m really proud of you. – Rain

        Posted by Rain | March 14, 2015, 12:45 am
      • I hope this is really you lol. You’re such a strong woman!! I entered treatment saying the same thing you did (if I don’t want it for myself, it won’t last). I held on to the hope that something would click while I was there and change my perspective, and it did. Not even my counselor thought it would happen, she told me herself that if someone doesn’t want it, it won’t happen. But I wanted to want it, and I think that was enough. It’s so nice to be able to look back on intervention episodes based on heroin and see a happy ending. Thank you for sharing your story, and giving the rest of us hope.

        Posted by Chelsea Beaver | January 5, 2016, 10:58 pm
      • It takes more than anyone will ever understand when you go through an addiction like this. Mine was cocaine and alcohol. What she said is totally correct you have to do it for yourself not anybody else! Congratulations sweetie your story is truely amazing. Just goes to show tough times dont last tough people do! 🙂

        Posted by Kasey | February 9, 2016, 7:06 pm
      • Did Brian make it. Sounds like you broke up, but was he able to maintain sobriety?

        Posted by Jordan | December 26, 2016, 4:49 pm
  2. Just watched this episode tonight and it was touching. Proud of you Amanda and feel that you have so much going for you!

    Posted by millymad | April 15, 2015, 11:57 pm
  3. Just watched this episode on Netflix and it was my favorite to date. I hope you are still sober and doing well Amanda!

    Posted by Sam | December 16, 2015, 8:53 pm

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